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Tidbits and Tats

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Tidbits and Tats is my version of the popular “snip rolls”. This is a fun, fast and easy project to make for yourself or someone you love! Bring your tiny bits of precious lace, fabric, ribbon, appliques and trims to create a hand sewn collaged base. The lace base can be embroidered and embellished with buttons, sequins and charms. You can add in your own flare with other items such as fabric yo-yo’s and ribbonwork flowers.

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Details:

Class Fee: $20.00/2 hour class

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be provided by the student.

Class Requirements: You must know how to hand sew. You must know these embroidery stitches:  straight, lazy daisy, French Knot and some bead embroidery stitches before class.

Date and time: 2/hr. class not currently scheduled.

Location: Beverly’s Fabrics, 6185 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

Specifics:

This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by cash or check the day of class. Please email Christen:thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com to inquire about the availability of space for the date listed above.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

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Magic Web: class/tutorial

Magic Web: 2 lessons/$30.00

machine stitched laceThis is a great technique project; I call it Metallic Threads 101, but it doesn’t stop there. In class you will make a “magic web” from bits of precious scraps, decorative yarns and metallic threads, sandwiched together with Solvy and machine stitching, lots of machine stitching. The unique fabric that you create will be used as a base for a heart shaped brooch that will be embellished with buttons and beads.

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: Making your “magic web” from precious bits of this and that. Keep in mind that you can create a larger piece of fabric, even a scarf with these techniques.

solvy fused fabric, lace and yarnLesson 2: Creating a base for the brooch from the machine-stitched “magic web” using bits of silk or cotton fabric. Choose from 2 different heart shapes, to create your brooch and embellish this with buttons and beads.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen

Embellished Silk Treasures: class/tutorial

Embellished Silk Treasures: 3 lessons/$30.00

silk painter's hankiesIn this class you will take a two silk painter’s hankies and turn them into a work of art! The hankies will be split, sandwiched, then machine stitched into a framed silk canvas base. This silken canvas will be embellished with a Painter’s Potpourri Pack full of threads, cocoons, a silk carrier rod and assorted threads. But the embellishments do not stop there! You will make your own beads and button shapes; and cut the pelmet Vilene into strips. These components will then be embroidered to the silk canvas with silk buttonhole twist. Directions will also be given to make silk ribbon pods and additional fabric beads. A few simple embroidered and beaded stitches will add that final touch, turning this unusual group of materials into a one of a kind Embellished Silk Treasure.

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this class you will take the silk hankies and create a canvas with a backing material and lots of machine stitching. One hanky will form the center of the canvas, and another will form the frame. Paint and the dyed yarns from the Painter’s Potpourri pack will be used to further embellish the surface of the canvas.

Lesson 2: In this class you will cut the pelmet Vilene into strips or shapes; and make button rounds and fabric beads from the machine stitched hankies. Other embellishment options will be discussed along with the design of these components. Silk ribbon pods, with thread embellished beads and cocoons will help to complete the design.

Lesson 3: In this class you will learn the embroidery stitches which include: straight, herringbone, Cretan, and colonial knot. These are used to attach the design components to the canvas. A few simple beaded stitches such as single, double, detail bead and long loops will be added to finish the design. Suggestions for backing the canvas will also be included.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen

Chantilly Lady’s Lace Cuff: class/tutorial

Chantilly Lady’s Lace Cuff: 4 lessons/$42.00

chantilly1This lovely lace cuff is reminiscent of tranquil days lounging on an overstuffed satin pouf, or demurely sashaying along a tree-lined avenue, parasol in hand. Two separate processes, one with Texture Magic, and the other with Solvy make the base of the cuff and the lace frill; pre-made lace will also be used. There are two styles to choose from that will be embellished with needle-tatted and crochet components, ribbonwork flowers, a few silk ribbon embroidery stitches, beads and buttons. The base can be left in the natural colors of the lace, or you can dye the components with the self-setting Colorhue dyes (no other dye will be covered). Please also note that basic crochet knowledge will be very helpful.

Skill Level Advanced: sewing machine, embroidery, ribbonwork and crochet knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this lesson you will explore working with Texture Magic, making the base of the bracelet with bits of lace enmeshed on the top. The next step is to take the Solvy and small amounts of lace turning them into a lacey trim for the cuff.

Lesson 2. In this lesson you will dye the base, lace frill, any extra lace trims and appliqués along with the perle cotton and ribbons.

Lesson 3: In this lesson you will be making the floral components. Directions for beginning needle tatting with four basic stitches; two basic crochet flowers will be included, it is recommended that you have crochet experience. Directions for four ribbonwork flowers round out the floral components.

Lesson 4. In this lesson the floral components and appliqués will be assembled onto the base, adding in a few silk ribbon embroidery stitches. Embellishments will also include a few beads and buttons. Directions will be provided for assembling the base cuff and lace frills.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching!

~Christen

 

And Bingo was his Name-O: TTM challenge

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The prompt over at The Three Muses was OH Man, and I chose a shortened version of the prompt. Billy AKA “Yukon Jack” and his trusty steed “Bingo were the BMOTB (Big Men on the Block), 100 proof, all boy and all horse!

My collage started with this lovely image of a happy little boy on a pony, I added in bingo paper, image of a ruler, image of text, art papers, acrylic paints, and some bits of paper from a bottle of whiskey.

This one is for my Hubby, cause he is 100 proof, OH My Man! Love C

Paris Exposition: Gothic Arches challenge

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This weeks theme over at Gothic Arches is “Paris Exposition” hosted by the very talented Lynn Stevens. I chose the 1889 exposition, because that is when the building of the Eiffel Tower had begun.

The lovely lady is from Old Photo Album. I found old posters and post cards on the web which I  copied and manipulated digitally, then printed them on heavy stock paper. I created a collage of the images around this lovely lady, adding in acrylic paints and ink pen details. I added in vintage buttons and a few roses made from an old zipper with a ric-rac detail for the out edges.

Very fun, wish I could have been there to see the exposition in person!